Originally Posted by audioops
Originally Posted by audioops So, if amplification is supposed to magnify the character of the headphones and the recording...
Originally Posted by cswann1
The bolded sentence is news to me. I always thought that an amps purpose was to simply provide gain to the signal sufficiently to drive whatever transducer you're using. Hence the term "wire with gain".
That was my awkward way of trying to say amplification should be neutral. I tried looking up gain on wikipedia but I don't really get what it means to say that it increases voltage. Intuitively I feel like this might correspond to saying ideally amplification increases volume and does nothing else, but I've also seen on HF that 'there's more to an amp than volume'. I'm trying to work out if that last assertion is bull.
It's good to see your response - you were very helpful in another thread I posted and I appreciated it a lot.
voltage in this case is sound volume and nothing else. the purpose of the amp is to be able to deliver the asked voltage without stalling.
there is more to it than voltage because for exemple U=RI so obviously the amp has to somehow control and deliver what's asked for all 3 values. and then there is crosstalk and noise and .... but those are problems common to all sources.
the only real reason to get a specific colored amp is because you love how it sounds. else a neutral amp is ofc the way to go.
if we look at it in a filter adding way, the sound was altered at the recording, while mixing it, with the dac, then with the amp and last but surely not least, with the phones or speakers. from this point of view adding EQ is adding one more filter to the sound and that doesn't look good (the lower the resolution of the track, the faster any change will destructively alter the track. same as photoshop on pictures).
this is I guess why so many people believe that EQ is bad and refuse to even learn how to use it.
but they usually don't know in what proportion this EQing thing will add distortion, it's more of a hifi bourgeois behavior than anything. I have loads of friends on different forums that would never use EQ for that "it destroys the sound" rule, but will tube roll all year long without a care in the world for adding a hundred or a thousand times more distortion than with an ok EQ.
there is common sense and there is looking at the values.
I'm very much pro EQ, as long as you learn a little how best to use it. your sound system will always end up sounding better(at least for you). also I find it a lot more convenient and money friendly than going fishing for the "perfect combo" for years.